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British-Designed Valve Amplifier with Reverb

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    Product Description

    Blackstar's HT series has always been highly-regarded. Encompassing a range of British-designed valve amps that don't break the bank, the HT line has been a popular one at Andertons Music Co. for several years. The Blackstar HT-5R MkII is one of their latest contenders!

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    The latest incarnation of the HT-5, a modern classic, the HT-5R MkII gives you pure valve tones that are suitable for bedroom levels or quiet rehearsals. Super-compact and easy to transport, the MkII edition boasts a raft of new and updated features.

    With USB connectivity, balanced XLR outputs and a power reduction switch, the HT-5R has all of the appointments to meet the demands of modern guitarists.

    British Valve Tones

    The Blackstar HT-5R is a pure and authentic valve-powered amplifier. With a single ECC83 preamp valve, the HT-5R gets most of its British voice from its 12BH7 power amp valve. Delivering pristine-sounding cleans, warm overdrive tones and saturated high-gain, this versatile little combo is suitable for both contemporary players and traditionalists alike.

    Switchable Voices

    With 2 channels, allowing you to setup switchable clean and overdrive/distortion sounds, the HT-5R has a clever trick up its sleeve. Each channel has two footswitchable voices, giving you more tonal options.

    The clean channel lets you access "American" and "British" voices. The latter has a stronger mid-range, while the US-style mode has a more scooped, bright and focused character. Flick to the overdrive channel, and you can choose between "Classic" and "High-Gain" voices. So, whether you want those rich, old-school British rock tones, or aggressive American metal sounds - the choice is yours!

    Modern Features

    Blackstar's signature 'ISF' tone knob features on the HT-5R. Letting you mould your sound to be more American or British, this unique control gives you that extra level of tweakability, alongside the flexible 3-band EQ.

    Also sporting a USB port and balanced emulated XLR outputs, direct recording has never been easier. With the ability to switch between 1x12" and 4x12" cab emulations, you can also take advantage of the HT-5R's headphone output for silent practice.

    Speaking of practicing quietly, you can power down the HT-5R to 0.5W. This means that you can get glorious cranked valve sounds at even lower levels! Another great feature is the newly-voiced studio quality reverb too, which you can use to really spruce up your clean tones, for example.

    Last but not least, the Blackstar HT-5R boasts an essential effects loop. This is an excellent addition, and something that you wouldn't typically find on an amp of this size. Letting you seamlessly run modulation and time-based stompboxes between the the preamp and power amp sections, the HT-5R can become a great platform for your pedals.

    Here's what Blackstar says about the HT-5R MkII:

    Killer tones and innovative features make the HT-5R MkII the ultimate studio and practice valve amp. Thanks to the unique 5W push-pull design utilising the 12BH7 valve, it delivers huge tone at any volume.

    The best clean tones: Now with two footswitchable Voices, one with an “American” character and the other with a Class A “British” sound – both are 100% Blackstar:

    • Voice 1 “American” – A clean, bright and tight tone with a solid bass response for a refined American tone.
    • Voice 2 “British” – A highly responsive “chime” with looser bottom for the British tone that can be pushed into a mid-range overdrive when driven hard.

    The best overdrives: The two footswitchable Overdrive Voices are characterised by a tone which is high in gain, but avoids any of the detached top-end “fizz” often found in other designs.

    • Voice 1 “Classic” – This is the Classic “British” Blackstar overdrive. Rich and natural it goes all the way to Super Crunch gain but cleans up beautifully.
    • Voice 2 “High Gain” – Inspired by the critically acclaimed HT Venue MkII high gain sounds, this overdrive has additional aggression in the high end with a tight resonant low-end.

    The best features: Joining Blackstar’s patented ISF tone control are USB and balanced XLR outputs for more recording flexibility, plus a power reduction switch taking you down to 10% power and a newly voiced studio quality reverb.

    The best looks: Even more refined and boutique the newly design cabinet has a 3 degree angle, top-loader panel and stage-friendly chickenhead knobs.

    Key Features

    • Footswitchable Voices for Clean and Overdrive
    • Power reduction to 0.5 Watt
    • USB audio out
    • XLR D.I. out
    • Newly-voiced studio quality reverb
    • Boutique styling

    Specifications

    • 5 Watts
    • ECC83 Preamp Valve
    • 12BH7 Power Amp Valve
    • 2 Channels
    • 1x12" Speaker
    • 2-Button Footswitch Included
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    Specifications
    Amp Type
    ValveSolid StatePractice
    Brand
    Blackstar
    Preamp Valves
    ECC83
    Number of Channels
    2
    Power Amp Valves
    12BH7
    Footswitchable
    Yes
    Effects Loop
    Yes
    Wattage Range
    1W - 10W
    Trade Doubler Group ID
    13359
    Speaker Sim
    Yes
    Reverb
    Yes
    Speaker Size
    1x12"
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    Customer Reviews

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    Mr Federico Nardini31st Jan 2022

    They just nailed it with this amp. It simply is exactly what a 5 watt full valve ampli should be. Warm clean sounds, bit of a hint of crunchy tones when you raise the tone up and absolutely gorgeous overdrive channel. Reminds me a lot of a Blues Junior with Greenback speaker I had a decade ago, but in my humble opinion goes a step beyond, thanks to Blackstar's own ISF technology. And the colour is just awesome!!!

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

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